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Resources to improve practice

Ensuring learning from reviews and audits is shared across the multi-agency partnership.

Last updated: 7 October 2022

Next review: 26 May 2023

In Waltham Forest we have built a culture of continuous learning and development. This work is led by the Learning and Improving Practice Forum that ensures learning from reviews and audits is shared across the multi-agency partnership.

The aim of the forum is to provide a think family approach to learning and improving practice across the four strategic boards: Safeguarding Adults Board (SAB) Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB), SafetyNet, and Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB).

We have developed a variety of resources to support how we improve practice and these can be found below. Training offer centres around areas of practice that are of interest to the Boards and all training sessions.

Training

We do things differently in Waltham Forest. All four boards work closely to make the best use of resources, which makes the greatest impact on improving outcomes for our residents. Therefore, our training offer centres around areas of practice that are of interest to all the Boards.

All training and learning events are free and can be found on Eventbrite. Use the Eventbrite website to view and attend any events. We update this regularly so do keep checking in.

As a partnership, we have learnt lots of lessons from audits and reviews and now we want to focus on sharing that learning. 

Recent training: Impact of modern slavery on women in Waltham Forest (7 September 2022)

Professional curiosity resource

Professional curiosity is a combination of looking, listening, asking direct questions, checking out and reflecting on information received. This resource pack aims to raise awareness about the topics we want to embed into practice

A guide to thresholds and practice

The following threshold guide aims to equip all professionals in Waltham Forest working with children and adolescents who experience risk or harm, and includes up-to-date information about adolescent development.

The following threshold guidance documents set out the role and responsibilities of all agencies working together to ensure vulnerable adults are safeguarded in Waltham Forest.

The following practice guide has been written for all practitioners who are working with adolescents in Waltham Forest.

Safeguarding in the community, voluntary and faith sector

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried that a child or adult with care and support needs is at risk of harm, it is your duty to raise a safeguarding concern. This document gives an overview of resources and telephone numbers for reporting concerns.

Self-Neglect Multi-Agency Guidance

This guidance is for anyone who supports an individual who self-neglects or is at risk of self-neglect. See the document for information on various aspects of self-neglect including, indicators, advice on how to start a difficult conversation and fluctuating capacity.

Think Family Approach

In Waltham Forest we recognise that in order to support families to make changes that are helpful and long lasting we need to work with all the members of the family. If we understand and recognise that the needs and desired outcomes of each person in the family affect each other, we are more likely to support and enable sustainable change.

Mental Capacity Guidance 

Waltham Forest's Mental Capacity Sub-group has worked closely with practitioners to create usable guidance for professionals working with vulnerable adults, in order to support the application of the Mental Capacity Act. The document contains flow charts on ‘best interests’ decisions, advice on fluctuating versus temporary capacity, and more.

Find out more about Mental Capacity in Waltham Forest.

Pressure care

A pressure ulcer, often known as a pressure sore or bed sore, is damage to the skin and deeper layer of tissue under the skin. This happens when pressure is applied to the same area of skin for a period of time and cuts off blood supply. It is estimated that nearly half a million people in the UK will develop at least one pressure ulcer in any given year.

Read latest Spotlights (2021/22)

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Read 7 Minute Briefings

Bitesize Video Guides

Learn about the four strategic boards in Waltham Forest; Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB), SafetyNet, Waltham Forest Safeguarding Adults Board (WFSAB) and Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board (WFSCB).

We are proud of how differently we do things in Waltham Forest, with the boards working closely to achieve the best outcomes for our residents. We want to ensure as practitioners you feel connected to this work.

You can watch our Bitesize films or if you prefer, read the scripts:

Language matters

Thresholds and practice for working with children and families in Waltham Forest

Adult threshold guidance